Outdoor Event Permits

Thanks for thinking about hosting a special event in Chapel Hill. We believe that community celebrations and special events contribute to a vibrant and inclusive community, positively impacting residents, businesses, visitors, and the community at large.


Review this Getting Started Guide to make sure your event is safe, compliant, and successful.


Please complete the following steps before starting your permit application. You cannot save your application once you’ve started. You can find details about each step in the Getting Started Guide.

  1. Review the Getting Started Guide.
  2. Have a clear vision of your event.
  3. Create a legible, detailed map of your event layout.
  4. Reserve your event space (if applicable). To reserve a public park or facility, click here.
  5. Develop a public safety and emergency plan.
  6. Have a debit/credit card handy to pay the $50 application fee.
  7. Collect your organization’s Certificate of Insurance (if applicable).


Outdoor Event Permit Application

Do I need to apply for a permit?

Yes, if your event is on public property – Town parks, sidewalks, public streets, parking lots, etc.

What if my event is on private property?

If the following criteria apply to your event, then you need to apply for a permit:

  • The event size or activities may impact nearby residents or businesses; OR
  • The event is publicly advertised and open to the public; OR
  • The event is near a public street or parking lot.

How much does a permit cost?

Applicants are charged a $50 non-refundable fee. This fee may be waived for neighborhood block parties. Email us at artsandculture@townofchapelhill.org to find out before you apply.

Please note – additional fees may apply, based on the scale and scope of your event. The complete Town fee schedule is available here.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Email the Community Arts & Culture staff at artsandculture@townofchapelhill.org or give us a call at 919-969-2065. We’re happy to help!